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Archive for November, 2009
As a proud fan of UConn football, this is a photo that 5 maybe even 4 years ago no one thought would be possible. And here we are. I’m proud of this little piece of stalking I did here, causing the entire viewing audience in my cousin’s living room to put their life on hold while whipped out my Blackberry and snapped this gem. It’s a little surreal, and I couldn’t be prouder of these two guys. I’m sure both Donny and Dan appreciate my new stalker status.
I trust that most of you spent the weekend high on Tryptophan and watching uneccessary, not to mention unsafe amounts of high school, college, and professional football. The best part of my weekend? This quote from BYU’s Quarterback, Max Hall:
“I don’t like Utah. In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program, their fans. I hate everything,” Hall said Saturday. “It felt really good to send those guys home.”
I respect that kind of moxie, and I think the ensuing apology was a bit backhanded:
“As a result of what happened to my family last year, this rivalry became personal, and in the heat of the moment yesterday, I made comments toward the entire university that were really directed specifically at those fans in RES. It was not intended to be directed at the entire organization and all of their fans, and I apologize that it came out that way.”
That’s 1,000 demerits, young man.
I had a very telling experience here in St. John, while at a beach side bar, I met a guy who worked for the Hartford Housing Authority (or something close to that). Anyway, conversations between two men, wearing nothing more than glorified loin clothes can be forced at best. However, he had a Notre Dame hat on, so I figured I’d give him a good natured ribbing. Turns out he’s a UConn fan and, like so many good men, was married to a Notre Dame fan. That’s not the point here. The point is, he asked me what I thought about Randy Edsall. It surprised me, that a lot of emotion and words surfaced, that I had no problem sharing with this complete stranger. Coach Edsall is a national figure, a real coach’s coach, I told him. I said, it was frustrating as a player, who at times wanted to cut corners, to have a coach who was, by definition, not a corner cutter. He always did things the right way. Not to mention he has an unwavering work ethic and the emotional/moral capacity to lead, not from a place of rah-rah’s-go-get-em’s, but from the example set by working 18 hour days, year round. I knew it when I was a player, and then fan, media, through this seasons most tragic of circumstances, learned that he was a guiding light, spiritual rock. At the height of all “this”– a pain that rarely seems to fade, he was bringing all of UConn and college football through the most difficult of times. I got the feeling that this “answer” was more than this guy was expecting or wanted, but it was the truth. Then furthering my opinion of the man, I got a text message back from him after the game to the effect of, “wish you could have been there, I know your parents had a great time”
UConn is, in my opinion, the best 5-6 team in the country. Not that wins can heal what happened, but, man, in the fourth quarter I couldn’t stand watching those games get away. Didn’t we deserve one? It was almost as if something bigger was building. Then, there it is: UConn and Notre Dame, playing in a football game that just a few seasons earlier would have seemed impossible. UConn could win? Inconceivable. On Senior Day at Notre Dame? Now your just talking crazy. And sure enough, down 14-0, coming back to win in Double OT. I smell a Disney Movie in the making. You couldn’t have scripted it better. I was in a tropical local bar, screaming at a television, proud to be a husky. Missing those days. I was flooded with text messages, talking to the guys who, as Scott Lutrus said it earlier in the week, weren’t surprised they went down there and won. No one understands UConn football’s mentality, except UConn football, and thats the way they (we) like it.
“Uconn wins a FOOTBALL game at Notre Dame, the biggest win in the history of the program and you’re giving us 10 questions with Zach Frazer from August? Seriously? One decent quote from Lutrus and a couple 3 month old postings. This is what you have to say about this historic, monumental win? Did you see the Randy Edsall post game interview on NBC (http://soxanddawgs.com/2009/11/21/randy-edsall-notre-dame-postgame-nbc-interview/)? That interview alone was worth several paragraphs of “Thoughts from a Fat White Guy”, not to mention being down 14-0 on Senior Day AT Notre Dame and winning in Double OT.
-Love always, Diesel.
You know, I consider FWG fans a pretty knowledgeable bunch. And here I am in St. John, soaking up sun, deep sea fishing, throwing back rum drinks with the locals, and watching my favorite football team dismantle the Irish, making you, the reader look like an idiot.I give you a few old links, slug down another cocktail, and call it a day-well blogged. Lazy, Rob. Just Lazy. I’ll make up for it, I’ll do better, I promise….
There is a lot I could say about this game, being here in the Virgin Islands, watching the Huskies get Charlie Weis fired. But I’ve already said a lot, so I’ll refer to these previous posts, somehow now just a little sweeter:
Yes, sadly the Colts are a bigger story than the Saints. Who says that New Orleans is the United State’s NFL’s afterthought?
This morning I woke up, made my eggs and hopped on my computer. Like most mornings, I was sifting through the muck to discern the day’s tasks. Then I clicked on an e-mail from my Austrian Football League coach, Bob Bradley. You can read all about my adventure there. But while that chapter in my life is closed, a football adventure is just beginning for one of my teammates from Austria.
His name is Matic (pronounced mah-TEES) Pirnat, he is Slovenian and he loves American football. Coach Bradley informed me that Matic was trying to come to America to go to school and play football. He had reached out to Coach to see what he thought of his talent and if he had any contacts that could aid in the process.
Not to wax patriotic, but is there any greater testament that the United States is the land of opportunity, not to mention that football is the greatest game on Earth?
“We’re not going out there for a tour of the campus or a history lesson,” Scott Lutrus said. “We’re going out there to try and win a football game.”
“Paper-Champ!” - Clubber
Yes, UConn plays Notre Dame this Saturday. Sealing the fate of Charlie Weis and coming back to Storrs with the W.
As a Bills fan, I comment not on head coaches, QBs, or star players. All of whom, in the past decade, have come and gone like the flu season. Instead, I will be cheering on other Bills fans, a shared misery of the couchdom. Countless Sundays left wondering, “Why?” The best part of being a Bills fan? Inevitably, is, other Bills fans. Misery loves company, friends, and in Upstate new york, there’s a lot to love.
Buffalo just axed their head coach, Dick Jauron. Well, we’ll definitely turn the season around now. Jauron finishes his illustrious career at 24-33. However, the best (and funniest) news out of all this might just be this little tidbit:
[ESPN] “…Jauron was blindsided by the firing, an NFL source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter”
Blindsided, huh? Well, I guess I can understand that. Winning games and keeping your job probably aren’t synonymous in the NFL.